In the days after his resurrection, Jesus is still showing his followers what his kingdom looks like. He’s still pointing them to where abundance can be found, feeding and caring for people, seeing to their sustenance. Three times Jesus asked Peter if he loved him and three times, Peter said yes. After this, Jesus says, “Feed my sheep,” and instructs them to follow him. It almost seems like what Jesus is teaching is that saying the right words is not the declaration he is looking for. Instead, the best way to show love for him is to care for the ones he loves – to do what he does and to go where he goes. We expect nothing less in our human relationships. If you truly love someone, there is evidence of that love in how you speak and in your actions.
In your life, what evidence is there of your love for Jesus? In what ways do you feed his sheep? Can you think of someone who, this week, could use some nourishment – either physical, emotional, or spiritual? Who might benefit from sharing a meal and having some company?
Make an effort this week to reach out to that person and maybe offer an invitation to get together.